New Northeastern State president inaugurated

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) – New Northeastern State University President Don Betz has been inaugurated in a ceremony during which he looked forward to the school’s second century as a university.

The flags of 12 American Indian tribes and 28 foreign countries were paraded into NSU’s Jack Dobbins Field House May 1 during part of the ceremony for Betz, who began his duties at NSU last July.

He is the 17th president in the history of NSU. The school began in 1851 as the Cherokee National Female Seminary and was sold to the state of Oklahoma in 1909.

Among those speaking at the inauguration were NSU graduate and Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Tahlequah Mayor Ken Purdy and Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Meredith Frailey.

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